FAQ

Stroller Strides Classes

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

  • water
  • sunblock (if outdoors)
  • yoga mat or towel for abdominal exercises
  • baby essentials (toys, books, snacks, etc)
  • stroller (any type is fine)
  • eat a healthy breakfast or light snack before coming to class - this is very important if you are a nursing mother!
  • consider bringing a post-class snack with you, especially if you plan to stick around after class

WHAT IF MY BABY IS FUSSY?

Our first priority is the happiness of your baby. Because we stop in regular intervals for body toning, you can always catch up with us if you fall behind. If your baby ever fusses so much that you miss class, we will be happy to credit you another class. Our instructors will do their very best to make class enjoyable. Don't be discouraged if your child has a rough day here and there - we've all been there! Once you both fall into a routine it becomes easier, I PROMISE!

WHAT TYPE OF STROLLER DO I NEED?

You don't need a jogging stroller to participate in Stroller Strides. Any stroller that is easy to maneuver, easy to power walk with and is comfortable and secure for your baby is fine. Double strollers are allowed too.

WHAT IS GOOD POSTURE WHEN WALKING WITH A STROLLER?

As you walk, lead with your chest with your shoulders pulled back and down. Wrists should remain in neutral alignment and keep your hips close to your stroller. If you choose to run, it is good form to guide the stroller with one hand, leaving the other arm free to swing by your side.

WHAT ABOUT SHARING THE ROAD?

When we are outdoors, we share the road with many walkers, runners, bicyclists, etc. Please be courteous by keeping to the right and passing on the left. Use caution and be aware of your surroundings near any streets.

DO THE CHILDREN NEED TO STAY IN THE STROLLER?

We know your kids often want to get out of the stroller and join in the class, but we encourage you to keep your children in the stroller until after the final stretch. Their safety is our biggest priority!

Running with a Stroller

By Lisa Druxman, M.A., Founder of Stroller Strides™

So, you’re a runner! And now you’re a parent! Yes, you can be both. This article is written to help you make the most of your runs when you have your stroller along. First off, make sure you have your doctor’s permission to start a running workout. Most doctors will recommend a 6 week “break” from exercise after childbirth. From there, take care to build up slowly and listen to your body. The better shape you were in before baby, the quicker you’ll recover. But, you do need to recover. Exercise should be stress reducing not stress promoting.

Proper Form

1) Walk with good posture at all times.

2) Keep shoulders low and pulled back.

3) Lead with your chest. Imagine that you had a string attached at your sternum (the bone between your breasts) and it was pulling you forward.

4) Hold in your abs, not your breath.

5) Keep a soft bend in your arms and keep wrists in neutral alignment.

5) Stroller Stride. When walking or running, feet and knees should be facing forward. You can do long, powerful strides and/or short, quick strides.

Stroller Tips

  • The most common postural dysfunction when pushing a stroller is to hunch forward. Make sure to keep shoulders down and back throughout your walk.
  • Many moms experience carpal tunnel syndrome during or after pregnancy due to swelling in the wrist. Pushing a stroller incorrectly can exacerbate this problem so be sure to keep wrists in neutral alignment on handlebars.
  • Do any of your walking stretches go down hill? If so, always use the safety strap on your stroller! Sit into your stride a little and get those thighs working. Be careful not to let the stroller pull your posture forward. Going down hill can still be a workout!

Safety First

  • Safety is number one. Always be careful of cars and the environment when working out with your baby.
  • Always keep stroller a hand’s reach away from you if you’re working out besides your stroller.
  • Never lean or pull on stroller during workout or stretching.

What Kind of Stroller Can I Use?

A Jogging Stroller (often called an off-road stroller) is recommended for running workouts. Benefits of the Jogger are that they are easier to steer and maneuver and are designed so you can get a proper stride. Make sure your baby is the appropriate weight and age for your brand of stroller. Ideally, find a stroller that has shock absorbers and is easy to fold. Stroller Strides released the first “fitness” stroller in early 2004. Contact B.O.B. Sport Utility Strollers for more information (www.bobgear.com).

*** Please remember to get doctor’s approval before starting this or any exercise program. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists recommends waiting 6 weeks postpartum before beginning an exercise program.

*** Lisa Druxman is the founder of Stroller Strides®,America’s stroller fitness program! For more information on Stroller Strides, go to www.fit4mom.com.

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